Hi, my names Haakon. I have some questions.

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Haakon21, Dec 29, 2016.

  1. Haakon21

    Haakon21 Just Hatched

    Dec 29, 2016
    Hi! My name is Haakon. I live in Minneapolis and I am worried about one of my chickens.

    We have had birds for about two years now, one SLW, (River), and 3 EEs, (Pebble, Pepper and April), and we have loved the experience so far but now I have a problem. Being new the whole chicken scene I don't know whats normal or what to expect and I have never had to deal with anything really bad.

    So... A couple months ago a neighbor's dog got into the yard and scared our birds bad. The coop was closed so the dog didn't get to them but it really freaked them out. they have all recovered but Pebble, whose beak broke now has an overly long beak, should I trim this or let her grind it back down in the spring when the can go out and forage?

    So that was number one, Number two is a little more serious, I think. Pepper, one of our EEs, landed really awkwardly on the roost during the dog thing. Kinda in between the wall and the rung, (we use an old ladder leaned against the wall as their roost). She seemed fine but now she doesn't lay and kinda keeps to herself, she just kinda stands around and avoids the other birds. Its currently winter so the other girls also stand around and don't really lay but I'm worried about her. She walks around and roosts normally and everything but her abdomen looks kinda swollen and again, no eggs[​IMG]. What does this mean, if anything and what can/ should I do?

    Thanks much![​IMG]
  2. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
    Hi :welcome Haakon

    Glad you could join us here but I'm sorry it's not under better circumstances. Here are some articles on long beaks ~ https://www.backyardchickens.com/newsearch?search=Long+beak# I hope you find them useful. Does the beak cause problems for her when she eats? That would be the biggest thing for me. If it is causing problems I would consider trimming her.

    Swollen abdomen could be a number of things. Is it definitely her abdomen and not her crop? Does she eat and drink normally? Here are some threads ~ https://www.backyardchickens.com/newsearch?search=Swollen+abdomen#

    Our emergency section is also a great place to get lots of help ~ https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/10/emergencies-diseases-injuries-and-cures

    Good luck and enjoy BYC :frow
  3. LauraBrown

    LauraBrown Chillin' With My Peeps

    Welcome to BYC Haakon! Glad you joined us!
  4. Haakon21

    Haakon21 Just Hatched

    Dec 29, 2016
    Thank you so much!! Pebble seems to eat and drink fine and has no issues pecking at the feed we throw out for them, If issues do occur I will trim it. Thanks!
  5. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, Haakon21, and [​IMG]! Happy you joined our flock! Looks like Yorkshire Coop has you set up with helpful links so I'll just say best wishes and thanks for joining BYC!!
  6. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under Haakon21 [​IMG] Welcome!

    As Yorkshire Coop has already given you some great starting points, I just wanted to add that I hope you are able to sort out Pepper’s issue and that she is soon back to her normal chicken-self.

    I also hope you enjoy BYC. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun. Unlike non chicken loving friends, family and colleagues, BYC’ers never tire of stories or pictures that feature our feathered and non feathered friends [​IMG]
  7. N F C

    N F C doo be doo be doo Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    Thank you for joining us, hope you don't have any further issues with the neighbor's dog.
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Welcome to Backyard chickens. I think it would be best to post both problems at the "emergencies, diseases, injuries, cures," thread. If you post photos as well, they could probably advise you re: the broken beak. Some folks have success using super glue but, I would ask the er folks or a vet first. Also the unbroken part of beak may need to be gradually shortened to balance the bite.

    Your hen may have internal damage from landing hard or be egg bound. Provide as much detail as possible, in regard to her actions etc.
  9. Haakon21

    Haakon21 Just Hatched

    Dec 29, 2016
    Thank you Drumstick Diva!!
    I never really thought about her landing hard although it would make sense[​IMG]. I will check out other posts in the emergency section and see if anyone has similar problems. We have considered giving her the spa treatment but my mum decided against it.

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